FFA News



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Agritourism supports booming farm market- Part 1

Agritourism supports booming farm market- Part 2

Agritourism is thriving at Pigeon Roost Farm- Part 1

Agritourism is thriving at Pigeon Roost Farm- Part 2

Agritourism and quality wines on Harmony Hill- Part 1

Agritourism and quality wines on Harmony Hill- Part 2

FFA student gets lost in her work- Part 1

FFA student gets lost in her work- Part 2

Fleitz Pumpkin Farm keeps the family in farming- Part 1

Fleitz Pumpkin Farm keeps the family in farming- Part 2

New houses boost farm business- Part 1

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Benjamin Logan FFA Chapter plants trees

By: Katelyne Ackley, Reporter

Members of the Benjamin Logan FFA Chapter have recently shown their green thumbs by planting trees across the school campus. Members have learned how to properly transplant and replant trees. Members will be constructing tree irrigators to make sure the trees are getting enough water; they will make these in their spring shop class. Members are making it their year-long project and years to come.… Continue reading

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FFA members help fight hunger with African farmers in Rwanda

Seven collegiate FFA members chosen to participate in the National FFA Organization’s FFA Global Outreach: Africa (FFA GO: Africa) program recently returned from the African nation of Rwanda. The students spent two weeks helping local farmers fight hunger and poverty through sustainable agriculture techniques. The group experienced firsthand the reality of food insecurity and agriculture and conservation issues in a sub-Saharan African country where the average annual income is $1,500 or less.

The goals of the FFA GO: Africa program are to engage students at a personal level in global issues and challenges of agriculture, food, hunger, poverty and human suffering; provide opportunities for service learning in developing countries; and inspire students to serve and make a positive humanitarian difference in the world through agriculture.

Based in Kigali, Rwanda, the FFA members lived and worked with the staff of Catholic Relief Services, an organization that helps impoverished and disadvantaged people throughout the world.… Continue reading

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Monroeville FFA tests water quality

On July 20th this summer, the Monroeville FFA officer team went to Mill Hollow in Vermillion to learn how to test water for sediment using testing tubes. This event was put on by the Huron and Erie County Soil and Water Conservation District in cooperation with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. The Monroeville FFA Chapter also did their yearly planning and preparation.

The schools involved were Monroeville, South Central, Bellevue, New London, and Willard. The Monroeville students who went were John Clayton, Bryan Fritz, Emily Lewis, Aaron Gates, Troyal Firestone, Reid Stieber, Eric Nathan Heck Jr., and Lydia Leber. The area FFA chapters will start testing water this fall. The Monroeville FFA Chapter has five sites around the area that they will be testing. Each chapter will be testing these sites twice a month for the next five years. All the information from these test will be sent to the Huron and Erie County Soil and Water Conservation district, the tests will be sent to the EPA for data compilation.… Continue reading

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Member Spotlight: Libby Everett, Miami East FFA

The September 2011 Miami East FFA Member of the Month is Libby Everett. She is the daughter of Sallie Robinson and Richard Everett of Fletcher.
Libby is a sophomore and second year member of the Miami East FFA Chapter. At the 2011 Miami County Fair Libby exhibited the Reserve Champion Crop at the FFA Shop and Crop Building – a flake of mixed hay. She also exhibited a dairy feeder steer through the FFA Chapter. Libby has attended the State FFA Convention and participated in the State Agriscience Fair.
Every month of the school year the Miami East FFA will select a student to be the FFA Member of the Month.  The officer team will nominate one student that has been actively involved in the FFA chapter, school and community activities.  If selected, the member will be recognized at the monthly FFA meeting, have their picture displayed in the Miami East Ag Room, and will receive a special medallion on celebration of their accomplishment.
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Our Daily Bread

On August 30, 2011 members of the Benjamin Logan FFA went to help serve food at Our Daily Bread in Bellefontaine, Ohio. Members served 194 turkey and dressing meals. washed dishes, clean tables, and stacked chairs afterwards. Students in attendance were Mickayla Ropp, Joel Penhorwood, Sasha Neer, Miranda Batton, Holly Parker, Deanndra Carpenter, Devin Craig, Jessica Current, and Lexi Myers.


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Miami Trace plans to Paint the Town Pink

Beginning on October 1st, the Miami Trace FFA will be kicking off “Paint the Town Pink.”

Originally led by Rachel Shepard, a Miami Trace student, Paint the Town Pink is a special event that will be taking place all throughout Washington Courthouse. During the campaign, companies in town will be given the opportunity to donate money to have their windows painted with the breast cancer ribbon. All proceeds from these donations will go to the Stephanie Spielman fund.

This year, we have joined up with Shepard to make this event even bigger. The FFA officers have contacted many businesses and planned many other activities to go along with the event.  Also, in order to help raise more money for the fund, officers will be painting small pink ribbons on car windows (for a small donation) at the Miami Trace homecoming football game which will be on October 1st.… Continue reading

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Busy summer for West Holmes FFA

Throughout the summer, the West Holmes FFA has taken part in many recreational and community activities. At the end of May, the FFA chapter participated in the Memorial Day parade in Nashville by having a float in which members rode on and passed out candy.

The chapter held their annual hog roast that took place in June. The members and their families attended the Killbuck Park to enjoy an evening full of delicious food and a fun game of softball.  Also in June, the chapter spent a morning at the Fairgrounds for preparation for the upcoming fair. The chapter spent the morning cleaning the hog pens, and cleaning the FFA building; which were damaged by the early spring floods. During the month of July, the chapter went canoeing on the Mohican River.

Members who attended enjoyed a day of cooling off in the river and spending time with friends. On July 28th West Holmes FFA sent 8 members to the Ohio State Fair to work in the Ohio Poultry Booth in the Taste of Ohio Building.… Continue reading

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Margaretta FFA Chapter was represented at the Erie County Fair

The Margaretta FFA Chapter was recently represented at the Erie County Fair, along with many other clubs. Members who chose to compete exhibited a variety of animals and still projects. From woodworking and welding to horses and rabbits, the Margaretta FFA chapter was spotted in all aspects of the fair. FFA member Karli Lane participated in the Showman of Showman competition where she learned to show all animals at the fair. Karli was quite successful and showed off the capability of FFA members from our chapter. This was a great year for other members also, participants brought home a variety of ribbons and trophies, along with money from selling projects at the auction. Congratulations Margaretta FFA for another great year.… Continue reading

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Crestview graduate receives AGCO-sponsored scholarship

AGCO, Your Agriculture Company (NYSE:AGCO), a worldwide distributor and manufacturer of agricultural equipment, is the sponsor of a National FFA Collegiate Scholarship awarded to Candice Bentley of Crestview High School in Greenwich, Ohio. Bentley is one of 20 outstanding FFA members to receive a scholarship sponsored by AGCO and AGCO Finance, says Jason Marx, vice president of marketing, AGCO North America. Scholarships were provided through the 2010–2011 FFA Collegiate Scholarship Program.
“These students are selected based on the leadership they have shown in their schools and communities and for their academic excellence,” says Marx. “FFA has played a major role in helping them set and achieve their goals. Now, AGCO is proud to help support them in their continuing efforts to excel.”
AGCO support for the National FFA Collegiate Scholarship Program is only one way the company and its employees express their appreciation for FFA. Other activities include corporate involvement at National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind.… Continue reading

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District 6 Officers attend Ohio State Fair

By: Josh Rausch, District 6 Reporter

The District 6 Officers and other participating FFA members attended the Ohio State Fair on August 6, 2011.  The FFA officers and members worked various jobs with the Cattlemen’s Association and in the youth building.  Some members taught children about soybeans and by products of soybeans, assisted the children in making hand soap to take home and informed them of some of the many uses of soybeans.  Other members assisted the Cattlemen’s Association in feeding the state fair goers.
They prepared, cooked, packaged and sold food products grown by farmers.   Those in attendance were Morgan Wade (District 6 President from Buckeye Valley), Matthew Cheney (District VP from Southeastern), Jessica Shanahan (State FFA President), Ashley Wilson (Benjamin Logan FFA Member), Haley Gibson (Benjamin Logan FFA Member), Breck Finch (OSU Student),  Sydney LeVan (District Secretary from Kenton), Erica Summerfield (District Treasurer from Northeastern) and Joshua Rausch (DistrictReporter from Fairbanks), and additional State FFA Officers.… Continue reading

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Be a Student Reporter for the Ohio Ag Net & Ohio's Country Journal

Calling All Ohio FFA Members!

We’re looking for three Ohio FFA members to help serve as student reporters at the 2011 National FFA Convention and the 2012 Ohio FFA Convention for the Ohio Ag Net & Ohio’s Country Journal FFA Section on ohioagnet.com/ocj.com.

Student Reporters:

• Find newsworthy people and topics to cover

• Shoot video of newsworthy items and people

• Report on camera

• Possibly write post for the FFA section of our website

• Possibly take photos

To be considered:

• You must be attending both the National and State FFA Conventions

• Submit no more than a 2 minute video sharing your qualifications and why you should be selected

• Upload it to You Tube and email the link to heather@ohioagnet.com

• All entries must be received by Wednesday, October 5th

• Those who earn a spot as a student reporter will be notified by email by October 7th.… Continue reading

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Benjamin Logan FFA members attend Opening Ceremonies at the Ohio State Fair

Benjamin Logan FFA Agricultural Communications Team members Libby Zoldak, Kelsey Lininger, Joel Penhorwood, and Heather Bleininger attend the Opening Ceremonies at the Ohio State Fair on July 27, 2011.   The students attended to gain a better understanding of the working of press conferences and responsibilities of agricultural communicators.

Prior to the ceremonies, students watched the performances of the All Ohio State Fair Band and Youth Choir.  The Junior Fair Board President, Suzie McMullen welcomed fairgoers.  She also introduced the Commissioners, Miss Ohio, Ohio Fairs Queen Lara Staples, and the General Manager, Virgil Strickler.  Strickler gave remarks about the past and present Ohio State Fairs.  At the conclusion of his remarks, he introduced

Governor Kasich.  Governor Kasich also gave a few remarks and then along with his family, directors, and others he officially opened the fair with the ribbon cutting ceremony.

After opening ceremonies, Governor Kasich, First Lady Karen Kasich, Emma Kasich, Reese Kasich, General Manager Virgil Strickler, Ohio Expositions Commissioners, Miss Ohio, and Ohio Fairs Queen toured the fair while being followed by the media (including the Agricultural Communications Team). … Continue reading

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Miami East FFA Alumni Sponsors Scholarships

By: Dani Sands, Reporter

The Miami East FFA Alumni Chapter recently recognized graduates of Miami East High School that had been enrolled in Agricultural Education and members of the FFA Chapter. In order to qualify for the scholarship, the applicants completed an essay on “The Benefits of Agricultural Education” and been active in the FFA Chapter for at least one year. Each recipient received a cash scholarship to be used for their further education.

Reed Pyers is the son of Kevin and Lori Pyers. During his years of FFA he participated in fruit sales, Dairy Food Judging, and Ag Day. He plans on attending the United State Military Academy, West Point, New York. Reed shared that he enjoyed agricultural education because it taught him responsibility of raising his market hogs and problem solving during lab projects.

Rick Thimmes is the son of Robert and Kim Thimmes. His FFA involvement consisted of being a chapter officer, coordinating the weekly tutoring program, and the Food Science contest.… Continue reading

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Six members of the Fort Loramie FFA attended FFA Camp Muskingum

By: Meghan Bruns, Fort Loramie FFA Reporter

Sara Meyer, Kenna Armstrong, Courtney Aufderhaar, Frank Riethman, and Austin Barlage, and Jordan Meyer attended several leadership workshops and programs throughout the week.  They were able to meet new friends from around the state and share ideas to bring back to the Fort Loramie FFA Chapter.

Mornings entailed leadership sessions which included a session about being an advocate of agriculture, and explaining why farmers do what they do. Members also experienced a real life clue game where each chapter was given clues to help solve the mystery of camp. When members weren’t attending leadership sessions they were able to participate in various tournaments including basketball, softball, volleyball, tetherball, ping pong, corn hole, archery, shotgun, and rifle.  The camp also provides for golfing, paintballing, swimming, kayaking, motor boating, canoeing, and high and low ropes courses. As a closing to the “Unlock the Mystery” FFA Camp members heard a motivational speaker share about supporting others and encouraging positive attitudes.… Continue reading

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FFA chapter participates in Fort Loramie Liberty Days

By: Meghan Bruns, Fort Loramie FFA Reporter


The Fort Loramie FFA chapter had a successful week at the Fort Loramie Liberty Days. The chapter operated a petting zoo and worked in conjunction with the Shelby County Dairy Boosters to sell ice cream to festival visitors. The ice cream stand was full of wonderful workers as well as great ice cream. All profits made will be used for the numerous FFA activities throughout the years such as scholarships, grants, and competition fees.

The Fort Loramie FFA also had a petting zoo full of great farm animals.  Not only did the petting zoo give children the opportunity to interact with different farm animals but there were also chances for kids to compete and participate in different activities. Some of these activities included a coloring contest, a milk mustache contest as well as a spin the wheel questionnaire game. The petting zoo provided a brief understanding on the different farm animals which consisted of a baby calf, goats, rabbits, as well as several puppies that were up for adoption to good homes.  … Continue reading

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FFA members volunteer at Shelby County Conservation Day Camp

By: Meghan Bruns, Fort Loramie FFA Reporter

FFA members taught an agricultural session to second through fifth grade campers at Shelby County Conservation Day Camp recently.

Members, Katelyn Seger and Meghan Bruns helped to put together and teach a one day morning session to campers about the true sources of everyday foods and products.   The session included a relay race requiring campers classify the source of random everyday items  as either natural resource, store, factory, or a farm.  After the relay race the campers learned that the real source of all items is either agriculture or natural resources.

This “Source Search” helped the campers to realize that farmers produce more than just raw products and food but that all items come from a farm or natural resource and not a store and factory.  This session was a fun way to get the kids active while giving them an overview of the various agricultural activities they have done throughout the rest of the week at Conservation Day Camp.… Continue reading

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National FFA Scholarship awarded to local student Kaylee Fisher

The National FFA Organization awarded a $1,000 Rabo AgriFinance scholarship to Kaylee Fisher of the Wapakoneta FFA Chapter in Wapakoneta, Ohio. This scholarship is one of four awarded by Rabo AgriFinance to outstanding high school seniors throughout the United States who have enrolled in an accredited post-secondary educational institution and who have met other academic, leadership and involvement requirements established by the National FFA Foundation.

Fisher is a four-year member of FFA. Her family owns and operates J&S Farms, where they grow corn, soybeans and wheat, as well as contract raise 2,000 pigs. Fisher plans to use the funds to pursue a degree in crop science from Ohio State University at Lima and take over her family farm upon graduation.

“Excellent young students like Kaylee are the foundation of a future that will continue to build the profitability of farmers and the sustainability of our country’s agricultural industry,” says Marvin Denlinger, regional manager with Rabo AgriFinance in Indianapolis.… Continue reading

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Miami Trace FFA officers go on retreat

On May 26th the Miami Trace FFA officers went on their annual officer retreat. Each year the new group of officers decides where to go in order to plan out the year, have fun, and get away for their first few days of summer. This year the officers decided to have their retreat at Great Wolf Lodge in Cincinnati, Ohio. The team came into the high school and helped clean the Ag shop and Ag rooms, which are being renovated and changed for the upcoming school year. Once at Great Wolf Lodge, the officer team sat down and started to go over rules and responsibilities of each office. Then, started planning out the upcoming year, which is full of many upcoming events involving other chapters and the community. After working hard the team had the chance to go the water park and have some fun, and bond with their new team members.… Continue reading

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Miami Trace FFA – Guiding Greenhands

On May 25, the Miami trace FFA chapter had the incoming freshmen for the school year come over and visit with the FFA officers. The officers went to the middle school and walked back to the high school with them. Once over at the high school all the freshmen were seated in the AG shop where they listened to the officers introduce themselves and tell a little bit about themselves also. Then, some of the officers explained different parts involved in FFA, like CDEs, SAEs, the fruit sale, and also about the program. Afterwards, the students got to enjoy one of their first FFA lunch meals which are held at least once a month in the AG shop. Once they were done eating, the freshmen had to go find their group leader by a set of clues they were given.  After they were in their groups they had the chance to ask any questions they had about the FFA and then got a personal tour around the high school.… Continue reading

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